Issue for comment 22/2013 - 24 May
Thank you for your interest, this consultation period has now closed. Any submissions made to the proposed 2013 amendment standard will be published on the ACMA website.
The Australian Communications and Media Authority (the ACMA) was seeking public comment on the following draft instrument:
The proposed 2013 standard
The purpose of the proposed 2013 amendment standard is to reference the Australian and New Zealand industry standard Amendment No. 1 to AS/NZS 60950.1:2011 Information technology equipment – Safety – General requirements) (the amended industry standard).
The ACMA standard applies to customer equipment that is designed, or intended, for connection to a telecommunications network and information technology designed to use the AC mains supply as a telecommunications transmission medium.
The amended industry standard is mandated under state and territory electrical safety regulations, and also allows compliance with newly published Australian/New Zealand equivalent standards as alternatives to some IEC standards.
The ACMA is working to enhance the effectiveness of its stakeholder consultation processes, which are an important source of evidence for its regulatory development activities. To assist stakeholders in formulating submissions to its formal written consultation processes, it has developed Effective consultation: A guide to making a submission. This guide provides information about the ACMA’s formal written public consultation processes and practical guidance on how to make a submission.
Publication of submissions
In general, the ACMA publishes all submissions it receives. The ACMA prefers to receive submissions that are not claimed to be confidential. However, the ACMA accepts that a submitter may sometimes wish to provide information in confidence. In these circumstances, submitters are asked to identify the material over which confidentiality is claimed and provide a written explanation for the claim.
The ACMA will consider each confidentiality claim on a case-by-case basis. If the ACMA accepts a claim, it will not publish the confidential information unless authorised or required by law to do so.
Release of submissions where authorised or required by law
Any submissions provided to the ACMA may be released under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (unless an exemption applies) or shared with other Commonwealth Government agencies or certain other entities under Part 7A of the Australian Communications and Media Authority Act 2005. The ACMA may also be required to release submissions for other reasons including for the purpose of parliamentary processes or where otherwise required by law (for example, under a court subpoena). While the ACMA seeks to consult submitters of confidential information before that information is provided to another party, the ACMA cannot guarantee that confidential information will not be released through these or other legal means.